Sunday, March 29, 2015

​President’s brother dies

President Maithripala Sirisena’s brother, Priyantha Sirisena (40) who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Colombo following an axe attack, has succumbed to his injuries yesterday morning, hospital sources said.

Priyantha Sirisena, father of three was the youngest of his family and the owner of Rajarata Builders Pvt. Ltd and the Rajarata Rice Mills Pvt. Ltd. The body is lying at his residence at Ethumalpitiya in Polonnaruwa and the burial would be held on Monday at 3.00 p.m. at Polonnaruwa cemetery.

Don Nishan Lakmal Haputhanthri, who was arrested on charges of assaulting President’s brother Priyantha Sirisena was remanded till April 8 by Polonnaruwa Acting Magistrate Sarasi Iddawela this afternoon. Meanwhile, the suspect in a statement to the police said he assaulted Priyantha Sirisena with an axe because he came to his house under the influence of liquor and assaulted his parents.

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